Courtney Gray: Welcome to Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, online at creativeside.org. I'm Courtney Gray. I started my school here, Creative Side Jewelry Academy, four years ago. I'm here in Austin, and I'm going to tell you about jewelry making today.
Today I'm going to talk to you about making metal jewelry. It's a natural next step for bead stringing and wire wrapping, taking it to a metalsmithing level, working in brass or copper, or even silver once you get better. We start our students off here at Creative Side with copper and brass, unless we are soldering, where we allow you to go ahead and use silver. Silver will solder a little bit easier, copper is lovely though, it contains beautiful color, it's extremely malleable and really fun to learn on too. And then you can also work in brass, which is a lovely contrasting color to copper, and you can overlap two metals together to create a beautiful two-tone look. And then once you get really good, you can do the same thing with silver and gold. More and more people are working with all types of metal aluminum, titanium, even iron. Play around with it see what you like, see what looks good to you, see what's most fun to work with, and go from there.